4:37 AM EDT, Fri June 23, 2017
15 hours ago

Jordy Mercer tearing up right-handed pitching

Pittsburgh Pirates’ shortstop Jordy Mercer has simply been on fire as of late. The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a legitimate offensive standout at shortstop recntly. That’s the only way to put it. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have had to notice that it’s not just Andrew McCutchen who has heated up […] The post Jordy Mercer tearing up right-handed pitching appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
16 hours ago

Fluky absences continue to ravage the Pittsburgh Pirates

2017 is so far, the season of the DL for MLB stars; For the Pittsburgh Pirates, however, key players are sitting for a host of non sports-related reasons. According to Spotrac, the online resource tracking team payroll, player valuation and a host of other totally geek-worthy bits of info on the MLB, NFL, NBA and […] The post Fluky absences continue to ravage the Pittsburgh Pirates appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
19 hours ago

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Great Start, Frustrating Finish

In our Daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. Sponsored By Best Start of Season Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. The game started out great for the Pirates and starting pitcher, Trevor Williams. Williams had perhaps his […] The post Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Great Start, Frustrating Finish appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 21, 2017

Takeaways and Throwaways – Pirates Drop One In Milwaukee

The Pittsburgh Pirates drop game three of their four game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3 – in a close one decided by uneven umpiring in the 8th. Welcome to Takeaways & Throwaways. Shortly after every Pittsburgh Pirates game, come to Pirates Breakdown to see our flash recap format. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the […] The post Takeaways and Throwaways – Pirates Drop One In Milwaukee appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 21, 2017

Elvis Escobar leads Altoona Curve 14-run, 19-hit attack vs Trenton

Thunderstorms pounded the Altoona area Monday, but it was the Altoona Curve who got the best of the Eastern League-leading Trenton Thunder Tuesday night as they walloped the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees 14-4. Offense was a plenty in the Altoona Curve victory Tuesday evening as Curve hitters scored 14 runs on 19 […] The post Elvis Escobar leads Altoona Curve 14-run, 19-hit attack vs Trenton appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 21, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates must now resist temptation to tinker with McCutchen

The Pittsburgh Pirates were clearly onto something in moving Andrew McCutchen to the sixth spot in the batting order Here at Pirates Breakdown, we pride ourselves in deeper statistical analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will not be an analytical column. Instead, we will simply state the obvious and offer a plea. The obvious: Andrew […] The post Pittsburgh Pirates must now resist temptation to tinker with McCutchen appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 21, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Bucs, jump on it!

In our Daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. One day after playing what might have been their most complete game of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped all over the Milwaukee Brewers last night. The club scored six runs in the first […] The post Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Bucs, jump on it! appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 20, 2017

Takeaways & Throwaways – Big First Inning Carries Pirates to 7-3 win over Brewers

The Pirates scored six first-inning runs and coasted to an easy 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Welcome to Takeaways & Throwaways. Shortly after every Pittsburgh Pirates game, come to Pirates Breakdown to see our flash recap format. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the game, without making you read the same boring recap you can see […] The post Takeaways & Throwaways – Big First Inning Carries Pirates to 7-3 win over Brewers appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 20, 2017

Neftali Feliz: Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen savior?

The Milwaukee Brewers recently released pitcher Neftali Feliz to free agency.  Although he has struggled this year, could a reunion with the Pittsburgh Pirates help him find last year’s success? Feliz has been awful this year.  In 27 innings, the hard throwing righty has given up 18 earned runs on 23 hits.  He has 21 […] The post Neftali Feliz: Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen savior? appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Pirates play a complete game

In our Daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.   Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates played a “complete game” versus the Milwaukee Brewers, winning 8-1. In this case a “complete game” means that every facet of the Pirates’ roster was flat out working yesterday. Among Pirates […] The post Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Pirates play a complete game appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 19, 2017

If Pirates stay in contention, could Neal Huntington consider adding another arm?

Despite struggles, the Pittsburgh Pirates remain in contention in the National League Central. With the trade deadline over a month away, it brings up the question as to what General Manager Neal Huntington could do if the Pittsburgh Pirates remained in the hunt for the division crown. Coming in to the season, there were many […] The post If Pirates stay in contention, could Neal Huntington consider adding another arm? appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 19, 2017

Gregory Polanco’s struggles are easy to explain

2017 was to be another “step forward” for Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gregory Polanco find himself in the midst of a rather middling 2017. In what was to be a season of progress for Polanco, progress in fits and starts has become the norm. In the team’s win against the Chicago […] The post Gregory Polanco’s struggles are easy to explain appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 19, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – pushing a boulder uphill

In our Daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates were in a position to win a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs yesterday. Conditions were near perfect. Jameson Taillon was on the bump for the Pirates, his second start after […] The post Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – pushing a boulder uphill appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 17, 2017

Takeaways and Throwaways – Pirates Hold Off the Cubs 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3 tonight in a very similarly played game as last night.  Tonight the bullpen held on and the Pirates were able to win game two of the series. Welcome to Takeaways & Throwaways. Shortly after every Pittsburgh Pirates game, come to Pirates Breakdown to see our flash recap format. We’ll […] The post Takeaways and Throwaways – Pirates Hold Off the Cubs 4-3 appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.
Jun 17, 2017

Assessing, fixing and optimizing the Pirates’ bullpen

On June 10th, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the magic words many have longed to hear: “We’re going to use the bullpen to win games, not count saves.” To borrow a classic sitcom cliche: “who are you, and what have you done with Hurdle?” He has been incredibly guilty over the past few years of […] The post Assessing, fixing and optimizing the Pirates’ bullpen appeared first on Pirates Breakdown.